Joe Mixon becomes centerpiece of Bengals’ depleted offense
CINCINNATI (AP) — A.J. Green had surgery on his injured toe. Tight end Tyler Eifert is recovering from a broken ankle. Andy Dalton is gone, too, sidelined by a torn thumb ligament in his passing hand.
What's left of the Bengals' offense? Running back Joe Mixon, who's settling into the role Cincinnati envisioned for him during last year's draft.
Bengals’ hopeful season has crashed into last place
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeff Driskel was better in his second NFL start. Joe Mixon ran for more than 100 yards. A historically bad defense held its own after a rough start.
With all that, the Bengals still couldn't get the one thing they really need.
"Need a win, and everything's better," coach Marvin Lewis said Monday.
They haven't had one of those since October, leaving Cincinnati (5-8) in a freefall that's taken it from the top of the AFC North all the way to the bottom.
Bengals hang with Bolts, but fall short as skid hits 5 games
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Jeff Driskel ran away from Chargers star Joey Bosa, scrambled past a linebacker and dived into the end zone to cap a thrilling effort by the Cincinnati Bengals' young quarterback.
Except the officials took the touchdown off the board after video review in accordance with this season's NFL rule that equates a quarterback's dive with a slide to protect passers.
Driskel didn't realize the rule had changed, and he didn't want the protection.
Jeff Driskel gets 2nd chance to get Bengals’ offense moving
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeff Driskel's debut as the Bengals' starting quarterback went poorly all around. At least he's got experience on his side the second time around.
Broncos try to extend late surge against reeling Bengals
CINCINNATI (AP) — A.J. Green has a collection of stories about quarterback Jeff Driskel's athletic exploits, such as the way he can dribble between his legs and dunk.
Or outrun teammates. Or play multiple positions in practice.
Green suggested that Driskel might be the best all-around athlete on the Bengals.
"Nice," Driskel said in response. "But I don't know about that."
Driskel gets long-awaited chance when Bengals host Broncos
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeff Driskel headed directly from the practice field to the podium in the media room and headed for Andy Dalton's usual seat. In countless ways, the third-year quarterback has entered a new frontier.
Until last Sunday, he'd never gotten into a game because of an injury. He's practicing with the Bengals' starting offense this week for the first time all season.
Dalton hurts thumb as Bengals’ spiral continues
A season that started with promise for the Cincinnati Bengals continued its spiral when quarterback Andy Dalton injured his right thumb in a 35-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Dalton was hurt on his passing hand while trying to recover a shotgun snap that sailed over his head in the third quarter and didn't return. After the injury, Baker Mayfield threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game to give the Browns a 35-7 lead.
Bengals put QB Barkley on IR, release DE Michael Johnson
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals put quarterback Matt Barkley on injured reserve, leaving Jeff Driskel as the backup to Andy Dalton heading into the season.
Barkley hurt his left knee during the Bengals' preseason finale Thursday night against Indianapolis. Kemoko Turay hit Barkley in the legs after he threw a pass, drawing a roughing-the-passer penalty. Barkley left to get the knee examined and didn't return.
Backup QB Matt Barkley hurt as Bengals lose to Colts 27-26
CINCINNATI (AP) — For the second year in a row, the Bengals lost a backup quarterback in the final preseason game.
Matt Barkley's left knee was injured by a low hit after he threw a pass during Cincinnati's 27-26 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night, giving Jeff Driskel the inside track for the backup spot.
"It's a bummer Matt went down," said Driskel, who knows how it feels.
Miller out for Texans, Green missing for Bengals
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans are without running back Lamar Miller on Saturday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, who won't have receiver A.J. Green.
Miller, who hasn't missed a game this season, injured his ankle late in last week's win over the Jaguars. Green told reporters that he'd play in this game earlier this week after missing four games with a hamstring injury. But he was among the inactive players on Saturday night amid reports that he was unhappy with the decision.
Bengals claim quarterback Jeff Driskel off waivers from SF
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals claimed rookie Jeff Driskel off waivers from San Francisco on Sunday, giving them a No. 3 quarterback.
Driskel, from Louisiana Tech, played in four preseason games for the 49ers and went 15 of 31 for 132 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He started 13 games at Louisiana Tech last season, throwing for 4,033 yards with 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Despite huge turnover, Holtz bullish on La. Tech’s prospects
RUSTON, La. (AP) — Three of the main reasons Louisiana Tech was among Conference USA's premier teams and won a bowl game last season were defensive tackle Vernon Butler, running back Kenneth Dixon and quarterback Jeff Driskel.
All three players were selected in last spring's NFL draft — Butler in the first round — and their departures represent only the beginning of the turnover coach Skip Holtz is dealing with this season.